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Covid-19 makes 18 dead in 24 hours, highest number since pandemic began

Angola has recorded 18 more deaths, the highest daily number since the pandemic began in the country, and 221 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Secretary of State for Public Health said this Monday.

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"Unfortunately, and for the first time, we had a high number of deaths, I'm talking about 18 deaths that were reported in the last 24 hours, being 13 male and five female, with ages ranging from 25 to 91 years, being nine in Luanda, three in Cuando Cubango, two in Benguela, two in Uige, one in Bié and one in Malanje," said Franco Mufinda.

The governor, who was speaking at the presentation of the epidemiological situation in the country, pointed out that "it is the highest number so far reported" in terms of deaths, appealing to the population to comply with the guidelines of the health authorities on the care to be taken with this disease.

"We are going through a complicated moment, if we can consider it that way, with a sustained increase in cases, but also, sadly, there is a double-digit increase in deaths, so call for prevention from all of us," he said.

According to the Secretary of State for Public Health, the cases in the last 24 hours were reported in the provinces of Luanda (143), Huambo (38), Cabinda (10), Huíla (six), Malanje (five), Bié (two) and Uíge (one), with ages between 4 days and 87 years, being 126 males and 95 females.

In the same period 70 people were considered recovered from the disease, from 6 to 81 years old, of which 17 in Cuando Cubango, 17 in Benguela, 15 in Luanda, 10 in Bié, six in Moxico and five in Huíla.

With the data of the last 24 hours, Angola counts 52,644 cases, 1409 deaths, keeping the lethality rate at 2.7 percent, compared to last week, 46,106 recovered from the disease, showing a decrease of 0.8 percent, compared to last week, or a recovery rate of 87.6 percent.

Of the 5129 active cases, 38 people are in critical condition, "a number that also draws attention", indicated Franco Mufinda, and 44 in serious condition, that "despite the effort some may end in death".

"The numbers are increasing every day, and we are beginning to feel this pressure even at the level of our treatment centers, we are beginning to look for space to place people to deserve the follow-up, so there is every interest in reviewing our behavior," stressed the Secretary of State for Public Health.

The table shows a total of 163 moderate cases, 87 mild and 4797 asymptomatic, with 332 people hospitalized, 219 in institutional quarantine and 2956 contacts under epidemiological surveillance.

The laboratories processed in the period under review 2801 samples by RT-PCR, with a daily positivity rate of 7.8 percent, above the cumulative rate, which stands at 5.5 percent, pointing the cumulative to 965,780 samples processed to date.

As for the vaccine plan, this Monday 56,714 doses were administered, making a total of 2,878,191 doses administered from March 2 to date, of which 987,694 completed doses.

"The evidence shows that people who have their vaccine plan complete, even reaching the critical state we have managed to recover, there is evidence of protection for those who already have their vaccine done in a complete way," he stressed.

Covid-19 has caused at least 4,689,140 deaths worldwide, among more than 228.49 million infections by the new coronavirus recorded since the pandemic began, according to the most recent tally by Agence France-Presse.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru.

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